Hal Leonard The Beauty Of The Burst BOTB

LiteratureFinally, the long-awaited English edition of this historic Japanese book is here! The Beauty of the 'Burst pays tribute to Gibson's magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960, the most highly prized solidbody electric guitars ever. The magnitude of their value is directly related to their look (outrageous wood patterns, or “figured” timber), since non-players are paying top dollar for them. The book features lavish full-color photos of these beautiful instruments throughout; the guitars of famous players; a foreword by Ted McCarty; a bio of the author, world renowned collector Yasuhiko Iwanade; and the “Science of the Burst” section with over 30 pages of detailed reference facts on every facet of the guitar, including colors, wood figure, pick-ups, hardware and qualities of “voice.” This may be the closest guitarists will ever be able to get to these incredibly collectible beauties!

  • By Yasuhiko Iwanade
  • With a foreword by Ted McCarty
  • In English language

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Language English
Subject Guitars and Basses

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Great Book

25.02.2014
"The Beauty of the Burst" is a book about the Vintage Gibson sunburst Les Pauls of the late 50s.
The book contains of detailed pictures of many old Les Pauls. To every guitar there is some short text about the look and the history of this particular guitar.
on the first look, the most guitars look quite similar, but everyone has it's unique details.
In the end of the book there's an part about the parts of a les paul, which explains the woods and the hardware of these guitars.

I can recommend this book to every vintage Les Paul fan, who likes the small and sometimes big differences of the guitars of this era.

My personal favourite is on page 58 ;)
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A must have for lespaul lovers but needs some update

24.12.2015
if you are a lespaul lover this is the book that must not be missing from you library.
It has a lot of info about old bursts and beautiful photos of them (actually it is something like guitar porn)

What I didn't like is that it has not been updated for a long long time.
So many other bursts have emerged since it was last published which should be included as well (take for instance Joe Bonamassa's collection)
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